A tree tick is any species of tick that can be found in a wooded area. These ticks are considered arthropods because they have eight legs vs. an insect's six. Ticks go through a total of four stages (egg, larval, nymphal and adult). A tick cannot progress from one stage to the next without feeding on blood. Since ticks carry various diseases, they can pose a threat to humans and animals. It is best to kill tree ticks if you find them in your area.
Remove any ticks you see on your body, or your pet's body. Do this with a pair of tweezers. Place the tweezers over the head of the tick and pull straight out. Place the tick in a small jar of rubbing alcohol to kill it.
Treat your pet once per month with either a tick-prevention formula like Frontline or Advantage. These flea and tick medications will keep your pet from bringing any more ticks in to your home. This is an important step to take, especially if your pet is allowed to roam in a wooded area.
Spray the area where you noticed the ticks with an acaricide. Once you apply this product, you must wait for it to dry before allowing your children and pets back in the area. You will also have to repeat the use of the acaricide in two weeks to kill any surviving ticks.
Protect yourself from possible tick bites by wearing light-colored, long-sleeved clothing. Pants and boots are also a good idea. Then spray from your knees down witha repellant such as DEET. Of course, you only need to do this if you are visiting the woody area where you saw the ticks.
Check pets and children for ticks each time they come in from playing outside near any wooded areas. This way you can remove and kill any ticks that you find before they have a chance to bury into the skin for a meal.
Things You Will Need
- Small jar
- Rubbing alcohol
- Tick-prevention formula
- Long clothing
- Tick repellant
- If you have a large infestation of tree ticks, you may want to hire a professional pest control expert. Because of the diseases that ticks carry, you may not want to take a chance of allowing them to remain on your land.
- Always wear a mask and gloves when working with the acaricide.